Father’s Day 2017

bittersweet memories from a beautiful man who comes from his heart

Reflections of Riverman

“Is fatherhood a popularity contest?”
Perhaps some of us fail as Fathers because our own did not teach us by example what fatherhood requires.

My own father was not able to show emotion because he was robbed of his childhood by his father. He was angry at having to become a father figure to his 9 younger siblings at the age of 14, having his education stolen from him to step into a role that was not his to play.

Yet, as I a child I had no real knowledge of that.
I was not supposed to know his pain.

He was 41 and my mother 38 and had they been told that she was not able to bear children.
I was originally diagnosed as a possible life-threatening tumor and in many ways I have been that over my almost 70 years here.

My failure as a father was seeded…

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